Alhambra: Andres Jimenez got accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy

Posted by Communications on 3/8/2017

Alhambra’s Andres Jimenez received an email February 22 that will change his life forever.  He was accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy.      The senior who is number one in his class with a weighted 4.682 grade point average, and is the Cadet Battalion Commander of the 240-member JROTC unit, will be one of an elite class of less than 1000 admitted to the academy in Annapolis, MD.   A Naval Academy education is valued at over $500,000.

 

Jimenez became interested in an academy when Lieutenant Colonel Jackson MacDonald, his JROTC instructor,   arranged for him to attend an engineering camp at the Air Force Academy between his sophomore and junior years.   This past June, he attended a summer seminar at Annapolis, and became intrigued with nuclear engineering, because of its future potential.  He was introduced to the traditions, history and academic rigor expected by midshipmen, a term used for cadets at the naval Academy.   

 

He will report to the Academy, June 29 for six weeks of “plebe summer,” consisting of rigorous physical and mental training to turn civilians into midshipmen.  Following his education, he would like to be an officer on a submarine.  His commitment is five years, but Jimenez says he wants to serve his country 20-plus years, and ultimately make it to captain, “one step below an admiral.”

 

Jimenez has worked hard mentally and physically in high school.  He is currently taking Advanced Placement Calculus and Physics, is a National Hispanic Scholar, and is a member of the National Honors Society.  He already has full scholarship offers from ASU and Arizona.  He has participated in the various JORTC activities, such as color guard, drill team and “RECONDO”, the unit’s Adventure Team.  He has volunteered at an animal shelter and tutors grades school children.  Jimenez has been on the wrestling team, track and cross country, and he works out for an hour every morning with 30-50 cadets before school.

 

Success is nothing new in his family.  His sister, Karen, a 2012 Alhambra graduate and Navy JROTC cadet at the University of Arizona, is a Navy nurse, stationed in Portsmouth, VA.   Another sister, Esmerelda, was a salutatorian at Alhambra in 2014, and is studying to be a veterinarian at the U of A, on a full scholarship.

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Sophomore, Alaiza Lopez is a  Regional Gold Key recipient for the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Her original poem "We Cannot Be Taken Down" is currently being considered for national recognition in New York City. National Medalists will be announced on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

 

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Last Spring, a Phoenix Union school was crowned state champion in a sport that a District school had not won since 1977.  The wait was even longer for Alhambra,   which had never won a baseball championship.  So waiting for their championship rings didn’t seem so long.   But on March 1 for their home opener, the Lions were rewarded.  the 2016 team members received championship rings provided by the Arizona Diamondbacks through their Play Ball Fund.